Wave Crashing Portland Maine Lighthouse

Aug 20, 2011 | Lighthouses

Yesterday I went to the Portland Maine Lighthouse to scout out this are of the complex that I didn’t know about. I found out about it while doing a Google image search to find similar photos of the place, and hopefully find a different vantage point… which I did.

At the entrance to the Portland Maine Lighthouse it doesn’t look like there are any other vantage points, but a quick walk around and I found a trail loop that goes to the north side where people can get down to the rocks. This is only for the nimble because the trail going down to the shore is pretty steep. Plus the rocks there are super slippery, and when I say slippery… I mean it.

I wasn’t expecting to get any good photos because it was mid afternoon and the sun was blazing. I really only came out to do a quick scout for the next morning. Since I was already there I decided to play around with my ND8 filter and stack it with my grad filter. There was just enough tint to slow down the waves to get this shot, which came out pretty cool for such a bright day.

This is an HDR image using 3 exposures. For those wondering how I got the wave to stay still for 3 shots, I didn’t. I used Photomatix to select the exposure I wanted, which was of course the wave crashing against the rocks.

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Software I use for processing my photos:
Photomatix – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust – Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise – Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz CleanPhotoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.
Topaz SimplifyPhotoshop plugin used for artistic affect.

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Photography Style: High Dynamice Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
Photo Location: Portland, Maine